Rare vacation time---single young female WHAT SHOULD I DO? Where should I go?!

  1. Hi allnurses community!

    Question for you. Vacation time is hard to come by in many of our positions. I am 10 months into my first nursing job and have been alotted approximately one week of summer PTO and it's coming up quick!

    How can I take advantage of this time? Where should I go? What do you recommend I do with it? I want to take full advantage of this rare opportunity but it snuck up on me quickly and I also don't want to break the bank. I also don't want to regret not making the most of this time at the end of May!

    I appreciate any ideas
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Sour Lemon
    That would probably be based on your interests and financial capabilities which are completely different from my own. What do you want to do? How much do you want to spend?
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    That would probably be based on your interests and financial capabilities which are completely different from my own. What do you want to do? How much do you want to spend?
    That's what I would say too.

    I love to hike so I'd probably plan a trip to a park with creeks, rivers, waterfalls, etc.

    I also love to spend time with my best friend so I might try to spend that time with her and go wine tasting and hiking . . . but not at the same time.
  5. by   macawake
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    I also love to spend time with my best friend so I might try to spend that time with her and go wine tasting and hiking . . . but not at the same time.
    Why on earth not? Sounds like fun
  6. by   5678kma
    Good point! I'd like to take advantage of the time to travel but it's a little late in the game to plan an international trip. I could take a flight somewhere in the US but I've never traveled alone before. I wondered if anyone else has.

    I want to enjoy myself and relax, but also explore. It seems like a good time to try something new o I guess that's why I didn't put any ideas out there! I'd love to hike somewhere fairly low intensity and not too hot.


    Wish I could travel with my BFF! Nobody's schedule correlates with mine. There will certainly be wine involved over my time off though. That I can assure you of


    I'd be willing to spend up to a grand I think!
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from macawake
    Why on earth not? Sounds like fun
    Well . . . yeah. Why on earth not?
  8. by   NightNerd
    IDK where you are in the US, but prolly either Washington State or Maine would be good places to enjoy the outdoors in not too sweltering temperatures. Bonus (for me, at least) is that both of those places are great for whale watching in the summer.

    I haven't taken an entire trip in my own before, but I definitely would! Sounds so peaceful! I guess just make sure someone has a copy of your itinerary, and check in with family/friends fairly regularly. I would love to hear more tips about this too.
  9. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    I've traveled alone, it was awesome.

    If it were me, I'd do northern California - Redwoods. It's such an amazing experience if you enjoy outdoor stuff. Though Oregon or Washington might be fun, too.

    This might help - Tripzard - Where should you go on vacation?

    Have fun!
  10. by   RNperdiem
    I guess the kind of trip you look for depends on your needs. If you are overstimulated, overworked and exhausted, a relaxing vacation at the beach, mountains, lakeside cabin where you don't have to do much except watch the sunrise and take walks is restorative.
    If your life needs a little adventure, a big city trip would be fun. I spent a few days in New York City and had a wonderful time. Being alone gives you a chance to do exactly what you want to do.
  11. by   sirI
    Thread moved to Vacations/Travel forum.

    I would go to a Bed and Breakfast somewhere and hit the Antique shops.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    I do love traveling alone. No issues there. But it is fun to have a good friend along who loves to do the same things you do.

    I live near the Redwoods so yeah, a visit there would be great! And then you get to drive along the coast and stop in whatever little coastal town that looks good to you.
  13. by   Joe V
    take a bike trail (or walk) in the mountains somewhere with a friend or 2 ... enjoy the waterfalls, mountains, views, etc

    you'll be surprised how beautiful everything is ... you may surprise yourself at how much you enjoy trailing

    CHALLENGE: Do a Spartan Race in the mountains near you.
  14. by   SquishyRN
    OP, have you decided on a place to go?

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